Tortilla Roll-Ups

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This is just about the easiest lunch or dinner ever, and remains the only successful way I’ve gotten Travis to love his beans (key, for a vegan!). With a few embellishments, it can be adapted to suit older children’s taste buds as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole wheat or spelt tortilla
  • 3 tablespoons refried black beans
  1. If desired, warm the tortilla briefly in a skillet. You can also simply use the tortilla cold.
  2. Spread the refried beans over the tortilla in an even layer. Starting at one end, roll up tightly. Cut into 2-inch pieces and serve.

For those who like spicier food, sprinkle on about 1/2 teaspoon cumin before rolling up. You can also serve with salsa for dipping!

Homemade Kazoo

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Kazoos may get a bad name in parenting circles, but this cute homemade version is far less, well, blaring than the ones you buy at the store, and your toddler will love marching about playing the “instrument”.

First, it’s time to decorate! Travis liked that he could color markers both on the outside and inside rim of the empty toilet paper tube we used.

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Ooh, and markers fit through the tube, too – fun!

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Once his decoration was complete, I punched a small hole with a pencil near one end of the tube. Cover the opposite end with wax paper, securing with masking tape.

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To play the kazoo, cover the hole with your finger and hum. Travis loved watching me play it at first, and then took over!

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